Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning is a viable solution to the inconsistencies in our education system. The concept is not new and has long been observed as a valid educational discipline

 
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Experiential learning

A process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experienc

Experiential learning is a process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Experiential learning does just that. Our innovative lab-classrooms have the right setting and tools required for experiential learning to take place. Our teachers are trained to fade into the background and let the learning happen in the way it is supposed to

How it works?

Years of research into teaching methodologies indicate that students grasp concepts and learn better with practical application of concepts in real world problems. Actively making decisions and learning from the outcomes or by reflection on the consequences.

The teachers acts as a facilitator in the classroom, they present challenges to the class and the students are allowed to tackle the problems on their own. The facilitator’s role is to guide the students as they are actively learning from the results of their actions. Such experiential activities allow for students to learn from their mistakes early in the conceptual stage and therefore, allowing them build strong foundations on new concepts.

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Traditional Learning vs Experiential Learning

Conventional Traditional teaching methodologies in which the instructor imparts information and the students are simultaneously expected to absorb that information, has been long criticised and has becoming increasingly  ineffective in today’s classrooms, resulting in bored and disengaged students.

Experiential Learning is a viable solution to the inconsistencies in our education system. The concept is not new and has long been observed as a valid educational discipline known under different names such as flexible learning, community engagement education or outdoor education.  Introducing experiential learning activities in the conventional curriculum negates the  redundancies of tedious rote based learning and instead creates a more memorable experience for our students.

Experiential learning in the national education policy,2020

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020  clearly iterates that “experiential learning” will be adopted in all stages of learning  across all syllabuses, including hands-on learning approaches as well as sports/arts-integrated education. Pedagogy will employ  story-telling and inter subject relatability. The NEP timeline for nation-wide implementation is estimated to be completed by the year 2040 with the initial road map starting of in 2022, however, our immense passion for the discipline urged us to make it available to our students as soon as possible.

Our Team at Harvest sincerely believe that experiential learning is an essential tool in a teacher’s handbook which can effectively be used to help students shift from rote based study to learning by experience and activity.

 

Experiential Learning at Harvest International

Harvest International has adopted the renowned  Kolb’s model for experiential learning, which is essentially broken down to four steps:

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Integrated lab classrooms

We have upgraded our classroom infrastructure to integrate a lab workshop facility for every student within the classroom. This facility will help students of Harvest tackle the sciences in a sophisticated manner. We have collaborated with various vendors to provide us with materials that can be used for simple science experiments that very effectively communicate the concept.

These experiments can now be performed in the class room simultaneously as students are learning the new concepts theoretically. This will not only provide a holistic learning experience for the students but also will free up the primary lab time for more advanced learning and experiments.


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Harvest Farmscape

“A place where children can experience farming first hand.”

Harvest aims to provide its students with an exciting learning opportunity that will allow them to study the agriculture industry and the farming lifestyle. The program encompasses multiple disciplines ranging from biology to geography to the commerce of agricultural produce. Students will follow the entire journey of how food comes from the farm to our plate. Students will also have an opportunity to observe the utility of cattle animals and their significance in the farmer’s world.

The core aim of Harvest Farmscape is to provide our students with a unique insight into the farming lifestyle which will teach our students the significance of a farmer in our society and economy. We hope that they develop a greater appreciation for the food that we eat and for the hard work and dedication of our farmers.

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    Harvest is a K12 school. We have classes from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

    Harvest is affiliated to the CBSE board and has the IB- PYP accreditation.

    We have CCTV cameras fitted across the school and a team for surveillance. The perimeters of the school are guarded by well-trained guards. As for the wellbeing of our students and staff, we have a fully equipped infirmary with qualified nurses.

    We pride ourselves in having a low student teacher ratio. The current ratio is 10:1.

    We believe in students having a comfortable uniform which doesn’t required too much maintenance. It is the same uniform for both girls and boys.

    Our Montessori to Grade 3 classes will not have more than 28 students per class and classes upwards will not have more than 30 students per class.

    Extracurricular activities are given equal importance. We offer a variety of Sports, Music, Dance, Cubs & Bubuls and after school club activities.

    We have 2 PTMs in a year. However, parents can take an appointment to meet with the respective teacher during the course of the year.

    We have our own inhouse transport team. The bus fleet is fully owned and run by us. The service is optional and offered to all students within 15km radius of the school.

    The buses are fitted with a CCTV camera, GPS tracker and speed governor. We also have a lady attendant who accompanies the students in the bus. Some of our teachers also commute by the school bus.

    Harvest Farmscape is a farmland attached to our Attibele campus. It is developed by us to help students understand the process of growing crops, interacting with domestic animals and finally to get their hands dirty in the process of learning farming.

    We use Google Classrooms and Microsoft teams to conduct our online classes.